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Explore the Great Barrier Reef in Townsville North Queensland

Two bikini-wearing snorkellers holding hands whilst snorkelling

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Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and discover a pristine underwater wonderland.

The central section of the Great Barrier Reef has less boating traffic and impact from human activity, giving snorkelers and divers a truly breathtaking experience. Follow schools of marine life weaving through the vibrant coloured corals which fill the ocean floor, find nemo hiding amongst anemones and cruise alongside rays and turtles.

Throughout the experience you’ll discover how the reef is managed, what makes it such an incredible place and all about creatures which call it home. Take away lifetime memories and discover this majestic world that offers a guaranteed wow factor.

Day trips often visit Lodestone Reef, home to a variety of habitats from shallow areas with white sandy sea floor and large coral bommies (outcrops), to steep slopes with deep crevasses, hosting a great diversity of fish life, including small damsels and butterfly fish to larger animals like the giant trevally and occasional reef shark.

The multi day trips do most of the travelling at night to maximise the dive time on the reef and visit a variety of locations. These locations could include Wheeler Reef, with its white sandy cay and many pelagic species; Davies Reef with pinnacles rising from 30 metres and shallower bommies riddled with swim throughs and caves ; Barra Bommie at Little Broadhurst Reef, where you can spot an octopus and Australia’s best dive, the SS Yongala Wreck.

4 WAYS TO DISCOVER THE GREAT BARRIER REEF 

Get up close and personal

It’s the stuff of bucket lists! Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and explore first hand the magic and beauty of this natural wonder. Check out Adrenalin Dive to start planning your dive or snorkel adventure.

Have a whale of a time!

In June – August is a special time of the year when the migration of humpback whales begins to the warm waters of North Queensland. They travel up the east coast to feed, mate and give birth before returning south with their calves. ⁠

Some travelers are lucky enough to spot them most days when traveling to the Great Barrier Reef and SS Yongala Wreck from the boat. ⁠

These charismatic whales enjoy putting on a show, with pectoral fin waves, tail slapping and even full breaching! Its all just an added bonus when you come out on a trip with Adrenalin during whale season! 🐋⁠

Wake up on the Great Barrier Reef

Stumped on what to do on the weekend? Do something different and getaway with a live aboard on the Great Barrier Reef. Wake up to a Saturday sunrise over Australia’s largest living icon! With activities such as fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving there is plenty to occupy the kids with an experience they will never forget. Did we say food was included? Tempting….

Big, Big, BIG!!

Then let us introduce you to the S.S. Yongala Wreck! Situated in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, it is the only large reef structure in the region, drawing a huge variety of marine life earning infamy as Australia’s BEST dive site (top 10 in the world!). Everything on this wreck is big – Big Fish, Big Schools, BIG ADRENALIN!!

he 110m S.S. Yongala sank during a cyclone on March 23rd 1911, with the loss of all 122 people aboard. It was not until 1958 that the wreck was first dived and due to its remote location it has remained mostly untouched. The wreck begins 15m below the surface and extends to 29m. Protected under the Historic Shipwreck Act (1976), the artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are second to none, Red Bull names it the best wreck for sea life.

Often seen are Turtles, Sea Snakes, Giant Trevally, Queensland Gropers, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Sharks, thousands of Tropical fish and in the cooler months, even Humpback Whales. Diving the Yongala is a bucket list trip no scuba diver should miss!